Monday, May 31, 2010
We drove through OK, TX, NM, and then AZ. It was really flat in NM but as we got closer to Arizona it got a lot prettier. We spent the night in Albuquerque and enjoyed good Mexican food.
The next day we made it to our bed and breakfast at the Desert Rose in Arizona.
They had turkeys that made fresh eggs for breakfast.
Awesome water feature in the back garden.
After we got settled we went out for a hike in Sedona.
Looking out from Cathedral Rock
The next day we drove to the Grand Canyon. We stopped at some smaller national parks along the way.
We finally made it!
The vastness of it all was incredible. It couldn't justly be captured in pictures.
We stayed for the sun setting over the canyon and then drove back.
The next day we spend time in Sedona. At the look out point of the chapel of the holy cross
I thought this sign was cute.
Sun setting over Sedona
Our delicious meal our last night at the barking frog grille.
We had a great time! We had lots of great talks, good food, saw amazing things, and both felt really relaxed after being away.
Thursday, May 20, 2010
A couple of weeks ago my parents took us out to celebrate me getting my license. I love to celebrate things, especially when it involves great deserts!
I just picked it up from getting it framed this week. Finishing my license is almost better than graduating to me. I am so relieved to have it done, and glad I finished before having kids. I will now have to start accruing continuing education hours every year, but that is no where near as strenuous as being under supervision for licensure. YAY!
Wednesday, May 19, 2010
I am past the 1/2 way mark! The diaper bag I ordered came in the mail while we were on vacation. I was excited to have one *tiny* thing to check off the list of the MANY things to do to prepare for our baby. I look so tired in this picture, which is due to waking up at 3:30 and staying awake for the rest of the night. The receptionist at work (who tells it like it is) told me this morning, "You don't look very perky." Well, it turns out, this pregnant girl with little sleep, and a hacking cough doesn't look too "perky" at 8AM!
I am off to the store to buy some of my current favs- OJ and natural peanut butter. When I woke up this morning I was wishing I had some hot peach tea to soothe my throat- so I better add that to the list too. :)
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Luckily we have nutella on hand and he decided to try to make some. I just supervised the process, but it turns out they are super easy to make, even though we don't have all the "crepe making" tools.
It was SO GOOD!! :) I am very blessed to have him.
We are headed out of town now to go to Arizona for a few days. I wondered if I would dread being the car for that long, but I am not. It has been a really long last couple of weeks. With check out in the apartments for a week, and other things we have had going on, we have had something pretty much every night after work plus busy weekends. I am ready for some stillness, quiet, and downtime. I am looking forward to spending a few days alone with my best friend, seeing beautiful places God created, and checking off another place that is on our list of places to see.
Tuesday, May 11, 2010
Sunday, May 09, 2010
We were able to get an appointment the next week. Our baby was still very "snuggly" with its legs closed and crossed for this appointment. But it was confirmed that we are having a baby girl! Michael wore a pink shirt and socks to the appointment, saying he knew all along.
Here is our baby girl at 19 weeks.
Leaving the appointment with our "It's a girl" water bottle. We have been talking about names over the past several weeks. I have loved the name Isabella for a long time. We are calling her Isabella, and still working on a middle name. (And NO, there is no connection to twilight.)
A snapshot of my maternity clothes and the clothes we have been given for Isabella this week.
I have no reason to have her clothes hanging up, as she won't be needing them for several more months, other than I just like to see them when I open my closet. :)
Mother's Day 2010
When my mom was pregnant with their first baby, my dad gave her an eternity band to symbolize his "forever" commitment to her and their baby as they began this new stage of life. I always loved that and had told Michael about it a long time ago. He remembered. This morning when we woke up he said sweet things about his commitment to me and our children, and then gave me my very own eternity band. So sweet! I love it!
I am happy to be feeling better and starting to feel her fluttering around!
Friday, May 07, 2010
A Time for Everything1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under heaven:
2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.
We have had times of weeping and laughing in the past week. Life seems very bitter-sweet right now. We are full of joy for our sweet girl that is growing inside me and brokenhearted by other things that have happened recently. According to Ecclesiastes, I suppose that is just life. There is a time to mourn and a time to dance.
Praise you Father for carrying us through the times of grief and also blessing us with joy.